When he interviews candidates for postdoc positions in his lab, Comrade PhysioProf says he couldn't care less how much they know about what's going on in his lab, other than at a basic level. "What I care about is what they know about what they have done previously, can talk about it intelligently and creatively, and whether they would bring an interesting perspective to our intellectual milieu," he says.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.